Webinar: Localising aid: why aren’t we there yet?

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Date: February 28, 2024
Date: February 28, 2024
Time: 16:00
Start date: February 28, 2024
Event summary: Second instalment of ODI Webinar Series on "Donors in a post-aid world"

This event was originally published by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

ODI will host the second instalment of its “Donors in a post-aid world” webinar series on the topic “Localising aid: why aren’t we there yet?” on 28 February, 16:00 CET. The webinar series “aims to foster dialogue based on multi-faceted evidence and inform pathways for the transformation of the Northern funder ecosystem.”

“Localisation promises more equitable and accountable ways of working from providers of development finance.” While localisation is not new on the agenda, it has recently attracted substantial attention as a way to enable “relevancy, cost-effectiveness, sustainable impact and commitment to equity”. Despite this, it has been difficult to implement even by those who support it. This webinar will discuss new research related to implementation barriers and internal blockages for localisation and how they may be addressed.


  • Sara Pantuliano, Chief Executive, ODI (Opening remarks)
  • Nilima Gulrajani, Senior Research Fellow-Development and Public Finance (Chair)
  • Peter Laugharn, CEO, Conrad-Hilton Foundation
  • Moses Isooba, Executive Director, Uganda National NGO Forum
  • Rose Pinnington, Lead author of ODI Report, “Why aren’t we there yet? Understanding and addressing barriers to localisation in climate adaptation”
  • Julia Rao, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Author of Global Affairs Canada commissioned study “Canadian International Development Organizations’ Engagement with Localization”
  • Orla Kelly, Development Cooperation Division, Irish Department for Foreign Affairs (Irish Aid)


The event takes place on 28 February at 16.00 CET. This is a digital event.